By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers.
One of the major stumbling blocks to Sen. Hillary Clinton winning confirmation to be President-elect Barack Obama's secretary of state is her multimillion-dollar presidential campaign debt. Well, now her mom, Dorothy Rodham, is weighing in, pitching a "wonderful book" about the senator that is geared to preteen girls. Even though Clinton stumbled in her bid for the White House, Rodham E-mails Whispers: "I'm so proud of everything my daughter has accomplished and excited about what her future holds. Her life is full of amazing achievements, and her story has inspired millions of people, especially young girls, to achieve their dreams, no matter what they are. There's a wonderful book about her life I'd like to share with you. It's called Hillary Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight, and it is the perfect way to share my daughter's story with a child you want to inspire." Take a look at that cover. She was one cute kid.
The goal of the effort, of course, is raising money. Here's what her mom tells us—and everyone else on the massive Clinton E-mail list: "As you know, Hillary is still working hard to pay down the debt from her campaign, and I hope you'll take this opportunity to help her out. With your contribution of $50, you will receive a copy of Dreams Taking Flight with a specially designed Hillary Clinton bookplate. And for that special person in your life, with a contribution of $250 or more, you will receive a book that's personally signed by Hillary to him or her by name. Contribute to help pay down Hillary's debt and we'll send you a copy of Hillary Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight. I know you're just as proud as I am of everything my daughter has achieved, and I want to thank you for everything you've done to support her!"